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Hello and welcome!

Here you can find out about the Children’s Writing & Illustrating Industry e-zine – PASS IT ON.

PASS IT ON is a weekly, on-line, interactive, networking e-zine for those involved with or interested in the children’s writing & illustration industry.

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It was voted ‘Best Non-Fiction Magazine’ in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for 2008 and placed 2nd in 2009 & 2010 in the ‘Writers Resource Category’. Last year it placed first in the ‘Writers Resource Category’ – thanks to everyone for your support.

The e-zine is emailed to subscribers every Monday and is extremely good value at around 80 cents per week.

To receive a recent issue or to enquire about subscribing please email me – jackiehosking [at] bigpond . com .

Or to pay by PayPal just click the ‘subscribe’ button below. You don’t need an account, just a credit card. This will subscribe you for 12 months only.


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Thanks for your interest…

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Testimonials from Australian Children’s Authors



  • Jackie is a dedicated professional who has taken her role as editor of the e-zine PIO seriously. She provides a great communication service to the writing and illustrating community. She is also a manuscript assessor and writer herself and I would recommend her services. Susanne Gervay
  • I find PASS IT ON a very useful forum for information and advice, as well as for alerting writers to issues and scams. We need to network more effectively, and PIO is a great tool. Sherryl Clark
  • Jackie Hosking is doing a remarkable job with PASS IT ON…just yesterday an email came through on a discussion list I’m on. The writer mentioned a new opportunity and finished by saying:

“I read about this in PASS IT ON…if you don’t yet subscribe to this, then do it now! This really is a don’t- miss networking newsletter for writers!” Marg McAlister


  • Jackie took over the editorial job of PASS IT ON with some trepidation but has proved to be an extraordinary publisher, editor and organiser. (And an extraordinarily good friend too.) Margaret Clark
  • Pass it on is a terrific way to share information in the book trade. I look forward to it every week. Libby Gleeson
  • Passion and unselfishness fire the movers and shakers in the world of children’s books – from the members of the Children’s Book Council to Jackie Hosking (editor and publisher) of PASS IT ON. Edel Wignell 
  • Jackie is an excellent editor for Pass it On, the writers’ newsletter no Aussie children’s author can afford to be without. Jackie’s work is always spot on, prompt and accurate, and she has built a wide list of subscribers who have become her friends. No one in the writing world has anything but good to say about Jackie, and that in itself is a high recommendation. Sally Odgers
  • Jackie provides an invaluable service to me as a writer and editor with her weekly newsletters containing information and notifications in the area of children’s literature and picture books. I find the information she provides continually useful. Her fees are reasonable and she produces on time. Daan Spijer
  • Jackie took over as editor of ‘PASS IT ON’, eight years ago. It is a wonderful tool for information about the children’s literature world, especially for would-be writers and illustrators. She does a superb job in gathering valuable information, and produces it without fail each Monday. She accepts notification of events even on Sunday night, as well. The children’s literature world is all very grateful to her. Virginia Lowe


47 responses »

  1. This is great. Now I can send new author friends to this blog whenever I suggest they subscribe to Pass It On. Congratulations, Jackie.

    Angela

  2. I have been receiving Pass it On for several years and find it an invaluable resource. It has led me to some publishing opportunities and a wonderful critique group, and it constantly informs and inspires. Mondays wouldn’t be the same without it. Thanks for the great work you do, Jackie.

  3. Hi Jackie
    Thanks for PIO and the amount of work you put into it each week. I have learnt a lot of information about this industry through PIO, and it has brought me in touch with a lot of wonderful people. Thanks Jackie.

  4. A few weeks ago, I saw a post in Pass It On about a radio show called Queensland Storyteller looking for short story submissions. I sent in a story and it has been accepted! This is just one of the many examples of leads mentioned in PIO that have taken me somewhere.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

  5. … always waiting eagerly for my Monday dose of PIO.
    Thanks Jackie – and thanks to all the regular contributors who keep us informed.
    Cate

  6. I always look forward to the ‘news and views’ expressed in Pass It On every Monday. It’s a fabulous resource for beginner writers or those who are widely published.
    Reading Pass It On is provides contact with an interesting group of writers. It’s full of information and if I submit a question, I can be sure of informed answers.
    Great work Jackie and all the regulars who contribute.
    Margaret

  7. What a great resource, well put together and very interesting. I really enjoy reading and seeing other illustrators work, very inspiring. I look forward to getting the Monday fix,
    thanks for all your hard work
    Debs

  8. Pass It On keeps me in touch with what’s going on in the world of children’s writing … and cures Mondayitis. It’s full of information given freely by those in the know to those, like me, who are so green! Can’t wait to have a proper look at the blog, Jackie.

  9. I love PIO and look forward to its arrival each Monday morning.
    You are doing a fantastic job Jackie and many, many of us owe you thanks.

  10. I always look forward to my Monday morning PIO arrival from Jackie. News, reviews, interviews and tips. It’s a perfect way to learn about the world of writing and illustrating kids’ books from the very talented people who do it. Lovely!

    • Glad you found me too! Perhaps you’d like to take a look at the newsletter that I edit – PASS IT ON? Just drop me an email and I’ll send you this week’s issue to have a look at.

      Thanks again for dropping by.

      Jackie

  11. Hi Jackie,

    I’d like to subscribe to your newsletter, I emailed you a couple weeks ago, but I have a feeling I did not note down your details correctly.

    Can you send me through the information to subscribe or point me in the right direction.

    Regards,

    Serena.

  12. Dear Jackie

    I’m Kim Dodsworth of 4RPH Brisbane. Your recent PIO mention of my program “Queensland Storyteller” resulted in some great short stories from Melbourne authors which are now going to air.

    By way of thanks I’d like to send you a CD. Do you have a PO Box number?

    Best wishes Kim

  13. Hi Jackie,
    I’ve just been at the CYA conference and was told by a publisher to check out your website. I’d love to join if you can send me the details.

    Thanks

    Renee

  14. Hi Jackie, it was great to meet you at the festival last weekend and terrific to mix with creative like minded people. I would like to subscribe to your newsletter and to find out more about your editing services. It was an inspiring weekend and gave me some new ideas for my creative outlets.
    Have a great day,
    Kelly

  15. Hi Jackie,
    Just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your,
    ‘Pass It On’ Blog. It keeps me up to date with what’s happening in the world of writing and illustrating children’s books. I’ve been passing on information about your blog.
    Keep up the great work. Love it!

    Renee Taprell

  16. Hello Jackie,

    I am trying to find out the proper way to format peoms and stories in rhyme.
    do you write them in stanzas? or does it matter?
    in peotry that is submitted do you single space or double?

    I can’t seem to find examplesw on the net.

    Thanks, Julie

    • Hi Julie,

      Ultimately how a poem or story in verse is formatted will depend on the publisher but when I send out poems that rhyme I usually write them in stanzas as that is the format that suits my type of poetry. The best advice that I can give is that whatever you choose to do, be consistent (within the one poem or story). Writing in rhyme and rhythm lends itself to pattern and it also makes it easier for the reader to read. I also double space my work when I send it out as it allows the editor or publisher to write notes on the manuscript if they need too.

      Thanks for your question Julie – I hope I’ve helped.

  17. I thoroughly enjoy my copy of Pass It On. It’s imformative and interesting, and I also like the fact that it’s short enough to find time to read over a cup of tea.

    Keep up the good work

    Moya Simons

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